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Thread: Tune a Guitalele E to E like a guitar?

  1. #21
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    May 2010


    Quote Originally Posted by dcuttler View Post
    Mine is a Cordoba Mini M, and I still think it sounds best tuned G-G regardless of the choice of strings, and I have tried a lot trying to get acceptable results tuned E-E.

    Also it's not just a function of scale length, small body guitars have their limits baked in before you ever put a set of strings on them.
    You are correct. In this case it's a matter of soundboard aggregate. It's really a bit too small to suit E - E tuning. Quite a number of years ago I made a Guitalele. I can't remember the scale length I chose but it was around 1 inch longer than the Yamaha. Initially I tuned it to A, then to G before trying the standard guitar E tuning. Now I must emphasise that I have dozens and dozens of strings, practically any gauge you can imagine. Many were purchased as individual strings rather than 'sets'. Of course I knew it was virtually impossible to obtain the same tension as a guitar without resorting to strings looking like rope. I can only say that despite trying numerous strings the E-E tuning wasn't to my taste at all. The terz tuning (G) sounded far better to my ears but it suited the A tuning even better. I play a small Terz guitar that is quite a bit larger than a guitalele (57 cm string length). It's tuned to G but with the 3 rd string dropped a semitone to simulate the lute. Strings are pretty low tension, again to simulate a lute. It does a pretty good job of that, way better than a capo on the 3 rd fret of a standard guitar.
    Having said all that if you tune your guitalele to E and like the results, fair enough. Can't really argue with that if someone is happy with the results.

  2. #22
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    Aug 2017
    Nakhonratchasima, Thailand


    I play or at least try to play - I am still learning. Tenor and Baritone Ukulele, Yamaha GL1 Guitalele. However, since I love E to E on guitar best I finally purchased a ARIA A-20-53 short scale guitar, 21 inch scale. Plays like a dream. Came with Savarez strings which sound great. On my Guitalele I use normal tension classical guitar strings tuned E-E. Strings feel a little, very little loose to me but sound great. But still not as nice as E-E on guitar.

    IMO if you want good sound on a short scale instrument I can only recommend two guitars that I have, both with Savarez strings. My Aria A-20-53 and my Yamaha CS40.

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